|[a] Cat Preview RF|
(Section Five—Characters Six and Seven)
Today's "constellation personality" is Oxen (牛). Calendrical interpretations stress that today's and tomorrow's constellations are the Herdboy and the Weaving Maid. That isn't bad (it's the most popular myth in East Asia). The bad side is the rest: it presages broken marriages, discord, and all manner of family turmoil. Batten down the kinship hatches, people.
|[b] Fullness (burp) RF|
The jianchu "personality" is Fullness (滿),which sounds better than it is (burp). If you've ever been too full, you know what I mean. On the other hand, it isn't that bad. It's pretty good for big events (burp), but smaller tasks are (in Lunar World, at least) not recommended.
There are three beneficent asterisms today, including Heavenly Virtue (天德), Lunar Virtue (月德), and Timely Virtue (時德). These are always good, but this is a Virtue-filled day.
There are four inauspicious (凶) two-hour periods, two in-between (中) times, and six auspicious (吉) times. Auspiciousness inflation. What have I been tellin' ya?
Things to Avoid
It's a bad day for opening irrigation sluices (開渠), thatched coverings (苫蓋), and moving soil (動土). Think about these. Would you, for instance, have another kind of roof put on your garage or do you interpret this as "any kind of roof." The text won't divulge an answer. You need to figure it out.
|[c] Roof RF|
Just Plain Counting
(Section Four—Characters 1-4)
It is the fifth (初五) day of the third lunar month. The cycle of sixty character is #19: renwu (壬午). The days cycle—1, 2, 3, 58, 59, 60, 1, 2, 3...—in perpetuity.
Elemental (and Phased)
(Section Five—Character 5)
Today's slice of the "Five Phases" (sometimes called the "Five Elements") is Wood (木). Ordinarily, the Five Phases weave their way, two-by-two, through the calendar. Yesterday was Metal. Today is Wood, and tomorrow is Wood.
It's a solid day for six things, including Meeting Friends (會友) and Moving Residences (移徙). Click the link for the rest.
|[d] Moving Day RF|
Fear Your Unlucky Stars
(Bottom of Section Six)
The baleful asterisms (the bottom of section six) are Lunar Taboo (月忌), Earth Duffel (地囊), and Calamitous Balefulness (灾煞 I love "Earth Duffel," which I sometimes call "Dirt Bag."
Miscellaneous Omens and Activities
(Sections Seven and Eight)
Today's miscellaneous omens are Bifurcation (丫) and Water (水). The miscellaneous activities are Granary (倉), Pestle (碓), and Storehouse (庫). Nobody knows what they mean.
See You Tomorrow
So, as one of my favorite television shows always had it, "Let's be careful out there." Double black ink isn't that scary. Face it down, and I'll see you back in this space Friday night for a Saturday preview.